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A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery | [Louise Penny]

A Rule against Murder: A Three Pines Mystery

When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.
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When wealthy, cultured Irene Finney and her four grown-up children arrive at the Manoir Bellechasse in the heat of summer for a memorial for her late husband, the staff springs into action. But as a heat wave gathers strength, old secrets and bitter rivalries begin to surface. And the morning after the ceremony, a body is found. The family now has another member to mourn.

A guest at the hotel, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, suddenly finds himself in the middle of a murder enquiry, and the hotel is full of possible suspects.

Listen to another Three Pines mystery.

©2008 Louise Penny; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[I]ntriguing, well-crafted....Seamless, often lyrical prose artfully reveals the characters' flaws, dreams and blessings." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Victoria Humble, TX, USA 02-18-09
    Victoria Humble, TX, USA 02-18-09
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    "You will be glad you selected this book"

    I loved "A Rule Against Murder" because Louise Penny's writing is simply music to my ears. Her ability to develop characters, describe scenery, and create an ingenious plot are unparalleled. I am not extremely familiar with Canada or with French Canadians. Therefore, learning more about this particular culture through the characters was also of interest to me. I found myself looking forward to the evening hours so that I could sit down, dim the lights, sip a glass of cabernet and listen to this book. My only regret is that I have now finished the book!

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Barna Elkridge, MD, United States 07-16-11
    Barna Elkridge, MD, United States 07-16-11
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    "My first book by Louise Penny"

    I had Louise Penny on my author list to try for a long time, and downloaded this one before a long car trip. This was a good mystery which took a while to unwind. I was totally unfamiliar with the character and just knew the books took place in Canada. I will defintely listed to more of these in the future.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Shannon San Mateo, CA USA 09-22-09
    Susan Shannon San Mateo, CA USA 09-22-09 Member Since 2002
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    "More than a mystery."

    I love this entire series. Without giving the actual mystery short shrift, the author provides some heartbreakingly beautiful passages. Rarely does writing achieve such poignancy.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kang Johnson City, NY, United States 05-18-11
    Kang Johnson City, NY, United States 05-18-11
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    "For Fans and Québécois"

    I would like to believe there is a lot of humor in this book. Unfortunately, the author's reading is so drab and bland that none of this translates. The family that is portrayed here is too cruel (not in a physical way), too unloving for my taste. For example, one character contemplates changing the already ridiculous name of their child to something even more ridiculous, just to scorn another character. This was a mountain I could not climb, and the revelation of the actual mystery requires quite leap of faith (a few actually) to go along with. However, the book is well written and the setting is wonderful.

    I would recommend it for fans only.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Elkins Park, PA, United States 03-12-11
    Mary Elkins Park, PA, United States 03-12-11 Member Since 2007

    An avid listener of Audible whether I'm driving, cleaning or cooking. My children are frequently telling me to remove my earbuds!

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    "Love the Characters!"

    So enjoy reading Louise Penny's books. I love her character development, learning more about Gamache, his character flaws and strengths. I like that he recites poetry and is truly in love with his wife of many years, and can admit when he has made a mistake to his child. Beyond that the mysteries are always good, but there is more than that to them, it's the scenery, the relationships the characters have to one another, and the lessons that are taught. I enjoy learning about Quebec, Montreal, and the village of Three Pines. I look forward to more books from Louise Penny.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 05-22-10
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 05-22-10 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.

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    "A good mystery"

    This is the 4th book of a fun listen. Best listen in order as the characters are developed as the series goes along.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Chung Atlanta, GA, United States 11-26-10
    Chung Atlanta, GA, United States 11-26-10 Member Since 2007
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    Louise Penny is an obviously skilled writer, but many of her characters' actions require much credulity of the reader. I regret I cannot be as enthusiastic as previous reviewers.

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    Librarian OK, USA 12-16-13
    Librarian OK, USA 12-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "Penny just gets better & better !"
    Where does A Rule against Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So far all of Penny's books that I have read/listened to have ranked in my top 10%! I've reviewed her books before & am trying to pace myself, saving and savoring each as long as I can.


    What other book might you compare A Rule against Murder to and why?

    P D James' books come to mind. Both authors are favorites and don't disappoint. Of course the comparison with the classic writers Agatha Christie and Nagio Marsh is possible. Classic & classy Penny's books surely are.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Cosham is chief inspector Gramache. His voice is perfect for Gramache and the other characters, male & female.


    Any additional comments?

    I learn something with all of the Penny books. I love how she ties in the plot and the titles and how the characters grow and flesh-out in a smooth and inconspicuous fashion. This is less a mystery in Three Pines than one with some characters we met in the Canadian village of Three Pines. Give yourself a present of a Louise Penny mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-25-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Seven Mad Morrow's"

    Another hit from Louise Penny, she is so clever and masterful at spinning a great tale. I love how she layers her stories, close attention must be payed or the underlying wit may be missed. She has a wonderful knack of illustrating the perfect blend of seriousness and humor.

    This addition to the series starts with Inspector Gamache away on holiday with his lovely wife. Unfortunately it turns into a working one when there is an unexpected death of one of the guests. Accident or not? All the of the guests staying at the resort, including the deceased party, have come for a family reunion. Unbeknownst to the Gamaches, some dear friends from, Three Pines, arrive and as it turns out have come for the reunion as well. They are happy to see them until chaos ensues, accusations fly, and pandemonium breaks out surrounding the suspicious death.

    The patients have escaped and are running the asylum, is all I could think when it came to this family. Inspector Gamache has his hands full, very full. A good mystery and, to me, this one was more Agatha Christy-esc than her prior books. Ralph Coshams narration is consistently A+ great. It always feels like coming home when I start a Gamache adventure. Onto the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 08-12-13
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2008

    Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.

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    "Outside Three Pines, but still enjoyed it"
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    This book really seems outside the rest of the series. It takes place on a vacation Chief Inspector Gamache is taking. They are at mountain resort. The family who is having their reunion at this resort (and who will make up the victim and suspects) are really unpleasant people. We do end up with some Three Pines characters but by the time they appeared they actually managed to sneak up on me. I think this mystery was well done but the unpleasant characters did get tedious enough that I was glad for the book to end. I once again didn't know who did it and was surprised how neatly it all managed to wrap up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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